- When somebody mentions “literature,” what’s the first thing you think of? (Dickens? Tolstoy? Shakespeare?)
- Do you read “literature” (however you define it) for pleasure? Or is it something that you read only when you must?
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Lit-Ra-Chur. I can just imagine a gray haired man writing 'literature' on a chalkboard when I read that. It's funny the first thing I think of isn't Tolstoy or Dickens but the CBC. I think of on-air interviews with Margaret Atwood or someone of that type. Books written by Tolstoy or Dickens don't make me think 'literature'. They make me think 'classic'. Dickens wrote most of his stuff as a serial for the newspaper. He needed the money. At the same time, he brought to the public an awareness of important societal problems, like poverty. I don't know if he was aware he was creating literature.
In my bookclub, The Classics Club, we read just that: classics. We've read 2 Tolstoy, 2 Dickens, Lolita, Jane Eyre and only one Austen. That's just the tip of the iceberg. We take a pretty light hearted approach to discussing the books, although we do get into the deeper meanings. These are books we read for enjoyment and because we want to learn why these books are so important.
So, yes, I read 'literature' whatever way YOU choose to define it. I'll read just about anything, so long as it's well written.